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2009 Contractor of the Year Award

1950s Ranch Home Makeover

This 1950s ranch home in Glen Ellyn was almost overlooked by the homeowners because of the lack of curb appeal, but with the low supply of available houses at the time, they went ahead with the purchase and hoped it had high potential.

Working with Normandy Design Manager Troy Pavelka and Normandy Designer Chris Ebert, the homeowners were quickly blown away with the possibilities.  The most notable part of the transformation was the exterior, which now incorporates a butterfly roof and Mondrian style windows dominating the façade.   “A year and a half later, drivers are still constantly slowing down to stare when they drive by,” said the homeowner in an interview with Chicago Home & Garden Magazine.

The award-winning home not only has impressive curb appeal now, but an interior that holds its own, too.  “There’s nothing average about this house, and the interior needed to reflect that,” said Ebert.  “The remodeled kitchen features pops of red tile backplash and opens to a modern living room showered with natural light.”

“This is a prime example of how remodeling a home to fit your needs and style is a completely viable option,” says Pavelka.  “It started as your standard 1950s ranch style home, and was remodeled into an architecturally unique home that’s able to catch peoples’ eye from the street.”

This project was such a success, it received a Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

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